Italian for pasta and beans, this dish is a hearty vegetable soup with carrots, celery and cannellini beans. Great anytime but especially on cold nights.
Ditali é Fagioli
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- 2 tablespoons Cervasi® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ⅛ pound (about 3 slices) Pancetta, chopped
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 1 sprig thyme
- 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 small carrot, finely chopped
- 1 rib celery, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- Coarse salt and pepper
- 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans
- 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 ½ cups ditali or other soup pasta
- Pecorino Romano cheese, grated (optional)
- Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta.
- Brown the pancetta bits lightly, add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper.
- Add beans, tomato sauce, water and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and add pasta.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook soup, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until pasta is cooked to al dente.
- Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet.
- Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese.